Articles by Kyle MacKinnel
Shepard Fairey’s Way Up
Following one of his largest-ever solo shows, the street art icon reflects on how he got here.
John Maus, “Screen Memories”
As time marches violently on, John Maus is seeming less and less a bursting aggro-eccentric and more and more the sane elder dwelling at the end of the hall.
King Krule, “The OOZ”
With Archy Marshall, the question was never “if” but rather “when,” and thanks to “The OOZ,” the answer is firmly “now.”
Zola Jesus, “Okovi”
Nika Danilova returns to her roots.
Ariel Pink, “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson”
Once again, the man born Ariel Rosenberg manages to trudge through his own pink slime just in time to catch a glimpse of the gray sunset.
Avey Tare, “Eucalyptus”
On the Animal Collective leader’s latest solo effort, there’s still dense canopy to explore.
(Sandy) Alex G, “Rocket”
“Rocket” exemplifies its titular action by transcending the humility of its maker’s introverted demeanor and relatable voice.
Shintaro Sakamoto, “Love If Possible”
Sakamoto leans on the pedal steel as an ambient vessel, spiraling lines around spines of melodic, moody bass.
Leaning somewhat away from trip-hop and toward the more ambient stimuli of his surroundings, Simon Green sounds like he’s in transition, captured between two established ecosystems.
Persona/Personality: The Two Sides of Angel Olsen
After responding to initial fame and acclaim by moving to a small town, Angel Olsen has quickly solidified herself as one of the brightest lights in music. And with “My Woman,” her new LP, she’s ready to present who she truly is—whether you want to run up that hill with her or not.
The Bastard People of Christopher Guest
Exploring the director’s universe with Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Ed Begley Jr.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Skeleton Tree”
Imagery of biblical proportion has long been a staple of a proper Bad Seeds record, but never has it felt so unavoidably personal.
Cass McCombs, “Mangy Love”
Cass McCombs’s eighth album is also his most cohesive since 2011’s “Wit’s End.”
In Conversation: “Stranger Things” are Happening to David Harbour
The star of Netflix’s throwback thriller chats about working with Winona Ryder, tragedy, and suspending disbelief long enough to love working in horror.
Blood Orange, “Freetown Sound”
Dev Hynes grieves and rallies in equal measure on his most ambitious and successful work to date.
Pantha du Prince, “The Triad”
Hendrik Weber’s latest solo effort is a “much more personal” experience for the German electronic musician.
Roger Sellers abandoned life as a composer for pop music. If only it were that easy.
Grace Mitchell: Just Kid
Cooking up something good with the eighteen-year-old phenom on the heels of her latest EP “Raceday”—and ahead of much more.
Everywhere Is Florida: Surveying the Circle of Animal Collective
As the world’s most unlikely pop group prepares to release their eleventh album, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist spill a little paint.
John Cale, “Music for a New Society” [reissue] and “M:FANS”
Despite the good intentions behind this resuscitation of “Music for a New Society,” the unwelcome occupation of those ultra-weighty spaces between renders “M:FANS” a head-scratching exercise in post-analog experimentation.
Over twenty tracks exceeding an hour, the album is a proper evolution of last year’s “Xen,” down to its waxen demonic artwork.
Youth Lagoon, “Savage Hills Ballroom”
Following two albums of delightfully kaleidoscopic, woozy indie-pop, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers casts some Boise daylight on what has been a pointedly inward operation up to the present.
Kurt Vile, “b’lieve i’m goin down…”
The illusion of looseness is present in Vile’s nearly slurred phrasing, although the precision of his finger-picking and attention to production value suggests he is nothing if not fully aware of where he is going.
Freaky Stylin’: Getting Into Bed With Big Grams
FLOOD 2 cover stars Big Boi and Phantogram talk about the making of their self-titled EP.
Life on Record: The Love & Mercy of Brian Wilson
A portrait of the Beach Boys leader and Kennedy Center honoree on the occasion of Love & Mercy.
Sun Kil Moon, “Universal Themes”
Kozelek is a very talented guitarist and an inspired lyricist, not to mention impressively candid.
On Track: Waxahatchee
Katie Crutchfield takes us through the tracks on her new record, and Merge debut, “Ivy Tripp”; plus, revisiting past relationships, the inspiration of Nicki Minaj, and the sublimity of her surroundings.
Doldrums, “The Air Conditioned Nightmare”
Though a front-loaded statement, “Nightmare” suggests that maybe, in addition to figuring himself out, Woodhead is discovering something essential for the rest of us, too.